Amy Traverso

First Bite: Foundry on Elm

DAVIS SQUARE’S FOUNDRY ON ELM belongs to a new breed of restaurant best described as — if you’ll forgive the neologism — a “brastropub.” Part brasserie, part gastropub, it has the leather booths and checkerboard floor of the former and…

Small Bite: Tasty Burger Review

There’s nothing restaurateurs love more than the rebirth of a retro, high-margin food. First it was cupcakes and fro-yo; now it’s burgers. Tasty Burger on Boylston Street in the Fenway, from the folks behind Franklin Café, is modeled on New…

First Bite: Alma Nove

CHEF PAUL WAHLBERG’S new restaurant in the Hingham Shipyard development opened last summer with a Hollywood-boosted bang. Paul is, after all, a Wahlberg Wahlberg, with a face so similar to that of brothers Mark and Donnie, you may well mistake…

First Bite: Noche

WITH THE OPENING OF NOCHE, the restaurant in the Appleton Street spot that once housed Icarus, Boston can add a new species to its dining taxonomy: the South End steakhouse. It’s a semi-familiar breed, anchored by chops and sides of…

First Bite: The Haven

BOSTON GETS A BAD RAP as a hide-bound, adventure-averse dining town. It’s the complaint of many a failed restaurateur — they never understood my squid-ink ice cream! — and an easy way to explain why so many restaurants in the…

First Bite: Sam’s

I CAN’T THINK OF A NICER PLACE to spend a late-summer evening than the patio at Sam’s, the glass-walled restaurant in the newly relocated Louis store. Perched on a wide green lawn, turned to the sweep of sea from Rowes…

First Bite: The Gallows

FIRST, A CONFESSION: WORD OF A NEW gastropub (yawn) coming to the South End (sigh) wasn’t exactly welcome news. In too many recent iterations, “gastropub” has meant marginally dressed-up bar food with an emphasis on salt and deep-fried excess. But…

First Bite: Chez Jacky

EATING AT CHEZ JACKY makes you happy. Maybe it’s the jovial round of "bonjours!" upon entering. Maybe it’s the menu of French classics like paté, onion soup, mussels poulette, and coq au vin, all priced under $15 – a near…

First Bite: Russell House Tavern

RUSSELL HOUSE TAVERN, which opened in April, is already pulling in big crowds at all hours. A gastropub-ish hangout in Harvard Square’s pub-heavy core, it has an upstairs bar where diners and drinkers snack on crab cakes and frites and…

First Bite: Basho

THE PRETTY PEOPLE are back. Yes, those stylish young professionals who went underground during the dining scene’s Great Malaise have come out of hiding. And it seems they’ve discovered a new upscale Japanese spot in the Fenway and made it…